There is not a day that accidents don’t occur. Wherever you are, whoever you are, whatever time it is, you can get yourself involved in a car accident. They are unfortunate events but they are unavoidable at times. Millions of drivers pass each other on the road daily. Some factors that lead to car accidents are drivers that are distracted by phone calls, texting, lack of sleep, bad weather and other factors. With these distractions, car accidents become unavoidable and inevitable.
The good thing is that not all car accidents are major accidents where there are many injuries; some are minor ones with few injuries. The sad things is that even a minor accident can do great damages to your car both internally and externally. It is usually the doors and the fenders that get damaged first. After accidents, collision repair is absolutely necessary.
Usually, it is the insurance company the gets the car repaired and pays for any damages. Before choosing an auto collision repair service, you need to consider some important things. If you take this step then you will be assured that you car will be repaired properly.
The body repair shops that insurance companies refer you to are the companies that they work with. Since this is just a referral, you can still decide on your own where you want your car to be repaired. If you go to the collision repair shops recommended by your insurance company, you will find that most of them are reputable and give high quality repair services. However, not every single one of them is reputable and there are always bad eggs in an industry who gets the job done cheaper and faster by cutting corners.
One important thing to determine is what kind of replacement parts the company uses. New original parts are being used by reputable body repair shops. Aftermarket or used parts are used by some companies.
If the used part is made by the same manufacturer then they can still perform well in your car, but don’t allow them to put aftermarket part because these are just cheap imitations. The quality of these aftermarket parts are inferior and they can be harmful to your car. When you use them in your car, they usually rattle, corrode and diminish you car’s value.
During collision repair, one of the most important factors to consider is the paint match. Some cars that you see have body parts that are not matching the exact color of the car. It is not that easy to match a newly painted body panel of your car with its original color. There can be a very obvious difference in color and shade in some instances.
When you go to the shop to pick up your car, ask them which were painted and which are original. The only way you can tell is to step back a few feet from your car and observe the color in all places. A difference even just in shade would require extra paint work for a better match.